Projecting an integrated petrologic and geophysical approach towards sustainable Earth data management
Robotics and innovative analytical systems
An important line of PetroLogic Synergy activities covers research development aimed at the exploration and mining of mineral resources and geo-materials and their processed products (in particular by thermal or chemical processes).
Among the expected results are a more efficient and cost effective processing, and a significant reduction of environmental footprint of industrial processes.
PetroLogic Synergy staff is involved in several research projects and offers its expertise in the research and development, design, and marketing of:
Integrated systems of data storage and processing and equipment in the field of applied petrography.
Sensors integrated systems for monitoring mineralogical changes and tracking in industrial processes such as ovens, quarries, and mines.
Innovative techniques for the chemical and structural characterization of materials (micro- and nanocristalline).
New synthetic materials (e.g., by testing processes such as heating—in laboratory and industrial oven—targeted to the synthesis of new materials from waste materials of metallurgical industry).
Innovative systems (e.g., multi-sensors installed on autonomous robotic or remote controlled platforms, for the acquisition of environmental and geophysical data in an integrated form of the physicochemical property, mineralogy and geotechnical characteristics of soils for potential use in a wide range of sectors of economic and scientific interest (e.g., agriculture, precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, engineering geology, civil engineering, archaeology, and mineral exploration)
PetroRov Project: A bridge between petrography and agronomy
PetroLogic Synergy provides a microscopic and crystallographic expertise for the characterization of nano and cripto-cristallines materials, such as glasses, clays, surface alterations, environmental particulates, cements, metal alloys, pigments, porous materials, nanostructured particles.
Analytical methods include:
X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD)
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
High Resolution Microscopy (HRTEM)
Chemical Spectroscopy (EDXS)
The microscopic and spectroscopic analysis allows to identify size, morphology, preferential orientation, chemical composition, texture and level of particle dispersion involved in several processes.
PetroLogic Synergy offers also the possibility to carry out Electronic Diffraction Tomography (EDT) for the collection of 3D diffraction data from individual nanocrystals, thus ensuring a complete structural characterization of the material.